Fireworks are Illegal In Greenwood Village
Did you know that personal use of all fireworks, novelties requiring ignition, and salutes that make a sound, are illegal in the City of Greenwood Village? This includes all fireworks whether they leave the ground or not. Although many are sold right outside the City limits, a city ordinance (Section 9-18-10 to 9-18-60) mandates that you cannot legally use them in Greenwood Village.
What is the Law?
Fireworks are defined in the Greenwood Village Municipal code as any article, device or substance prepared for the primary purpose of producing a visual or auditory sensation by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation. All fireworks other than those considered as permissible are considered as illegal for use in the State of Colorado. Use of illegal fireworks can be punished by a fine of up to $2,650.00. It is illegal to purchase fireworks in another state and bring them into Colorado (unless you are a licensed retailer.)
What is not considered Fireworks?
Toy caps, sparklers, trick matches, cigarette loads, trick noisemakers, toy smoke devices and novelty auto alarms.
The Greenwood Village Police Department recommends that you “leave fireworks alone and see a professional display.”
If you must use fireworks we offer the following suggestions to make your Fourth of July holiday safer…..
- Please use the 911 system for true emergencies and not for fireworks complaints. Use the non-emergency phone number (303-741-5960) to register fireworks complaints and to avoid overloading the 911 system potentially delaying response for true emergencies.
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances. Sparklers considered by many the ideal “safe” firework for the young, bury at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. Children cannot understand the danger involved and cannot act appropriately in case of emergency.
- Children should only by permitted to use fireworks under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay.Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass and flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that don’t go off.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
- Do not dispose of used fireworks in a combustible container.
- Ensure that fireworks are completely extinguished by soaking them in water prior to disposal.